Happy Memorial Day to all the Servicemen, Servicewomen, and Service Pups Out There

Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham and Lucca. Image courtesy NBC/PDSA.
Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham and Lucca. Image courtesy NBC/PDSA.

Happy Memorial Day from the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital !

 

Last year for Memorial Day we wrote a blog post about war and service dogs  which you can read here, admiring War Dogs for their courage and sacrifice.

This year we wanted to share the story of a U.S. Marines Dog named Lucca, who received the highest military award possible for a service dog, the PDSA Dickin Medal, after she lost one of her legs while sniffing out bombs in Afghanistan.

Dogs like Lucca make huge sacrifices to help protect our human soldiers, and we are so so grateful to them for their amazing work.

Her owner,Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham, said, “Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog. She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her.”

Lucca sleeps alongside Cpl. Juan Rodriguez during her recovery. Image courtesy NBC/PDSA.
Lucca sleeps alongside Cpl. Juan Rodriguez during her recovery. Image courtesy NBC/PDSA.

 

From the article:

Meet Lucca, a retired U.S. Marine Corps dog who lost one of her legs while hunting for homemade bombs in Afghanistan.

More than four years after she was reduced to three paws, Lucca was awarded a top military medal for the 400 missions she completed during her service.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals — a British charity known as the PDSA — honored Lucca with its Dickin Medal during a ceremony at London’s Wellington Barracks on Tuesday.

The PDSA says the award is “the highest award any animal in the world can achieve while serving in military conflict” and has given it out just 66 times since 1943.

Read the entire NBC article here.